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The evidence given before, the CTompro■atlon Court wbioh »t at Geelong (VlotorU) last month | :« the pnrpose of nxlng the amoont ttvba paid for tha taking away of lloeoßos of houaea deolared against under tho looal option poll, threw some*' instructive light on the methods end v^ rl the trade. The licsnaeo ofr Dnus Olub Hotel (eaje tbe "Bailr Telegraph ") Is a women with * disabled no™ , d 8U ? * ,ar « a fan %- She paid £300 foe the goodwill, furniture, and license of the hotel jher weekly "takings" amounted to from £17 to £20, ' and of this sum one~haJf waa clear profit. For a i capital .expenditure, that Is, of this woman was able to earn «« p fnfita '! •.mounting to £500 a year. Her, JUrvieas &n£° o!el Tt, 00 mr n " ,Bted ft *' " £600 worth of beer, whlike^ ,t 0 annually; and for thfc society bri paid anotbe* £500 per year. The details of a pnblloant profits are of a highly suggestive kind, Aooordlng to the lie*niee's own evldeuos. she got a retnrn of £3 foe every £2 expended In beer ; but, according to theoreXer, the actual profits are much mow amoalng. A barrel 0 f beer ooats £2 ; If •old In pints, the hotelkeeper makes a profit of about 75 per oent ; If sold m medium glasses the profit Is 300 per cont; if In "pony glajses," tho profit leapt up to the modest dimensions of six hundred and fifty per cent, I Beerdrinkers must surely be an extraordinarily simple raoe, or bter-seilers extraordinarily shrewd, to account for suoh ** profits " I hat other branoh of honest commsjfee knows of such earnings " ? A local wine and spirit merchant, Mr M'MnlW gave evidence that •• publicans generally made 170 per cent profit on the Viale of whisky and brandy' 1 ; but tr.„ licensee herself deolared she made £s out of every £1 expended m spirit, a pro fit 0 f 300 pee pent; ond cro^exsmination sheda ao Interesting li* > At on how this " profit " Is According to Mr M'Mnllen's evideucu, « publicans generally got sixteen nobblers from a reputed quart, and *ix reputed quarta wont to a gallon." The licensee admitted m cross-examination that bhe " generally made sixteen nobblers out of a quark of whisky," which ia making her spirlta go very far indeed ; but her actual profits pointed to a still more extraordinary Inflation of the original quart of whisky. To yield ihe 300 per oent of profit wbJeh the hem-co declared she got, something [like twenty-nix nobblera muoc hsve been extracted from eaoh Individual qasrt of wbieky. How I« It done ? Some people, ss His Honor Judge jMoles«rbrth refleoted, "like wtner with their nhl»ky k " and only ask to boapared tobacco jaloe. The licensee, herself explained ; u We do not ohargefor tho Writer ; tint Is glvon ln«~we only' ohargo for th© spirlta"— a statement whicb> thu nnfeollng nudlenoa reoeived wltb laughter. But Is there any other trade la any olvlllsed community whioh Is oon* daotod on the methods of the liquoe traffic, and realises quite literally "im*. earned Inoreuiont" of anoh suoh surpcJolna. dimensions SOorapannatloti, it B eeua. to as, on prlnolplea of pure reason, should not be paid for Btopptng suoh » trade, but should be exacted for allowing It to exist. Pore reason, ho-rever,, b*& a very limited office m human »ff*lrs*

Keating's Cough. Lozenges cure. Coug Asthma, Bronchitis, Medical testimony state that no other medicine is so effectual m the cure of these dangerous maladies, One lozenge alone cives. ease, one or two at auy time ensures rest, For relieving difficulty m . breathing they are invaluable, They contain Ino opium nor any violent drug, Sold byalj (Chcmistin •; \ j *$d andfu etch,

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PROFITS ON DRINK, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2221, 9 September 1889

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PROFITS ON DRINK Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2221, 9 September 1889